But they tried anyway ...
One, the witness who “admits he invented story” was merely echoing what had already been reported. His admission does not invalidate the fact that Cummings went for a day out to Barnard Castle, and has admitted it. Two, a claim that the information about Dom’s trip to Durham was “passed on by a Remainer peer” is irrelevant. At this rate, we’ll be reduced to “Which way to the station”, followed by “Yeah but did you vote Remain?”
... Courtesy of Guess Who ...
“The Mail on Sunday can reveal that just days before speaking to the police, Mr Lees broke lockdown regulations himself by making a 526-mile round-trip to collect his daughter”. Straight accusation of breaching lockdown. But, as Pippa Crerar of the Mirror has pointed out, this isn’t true, and she quotes Government guidance.
... and he had a homework fail (again)
Bozo gave Dom the hard word. Well, allegedly. “A No 10 insider said: ‘The Prime Minister has made it absolutely clear Dominic cannot be the story again. He will not tolerate it. If it happens again, he’s out.’” That’s either Cole taking dictation, or making it up himself.
The sum total of this series of aggressive and confrontational doorsteppings, lies about the lockdown rules, and creative retelling of quotes handed down by Downing Street spinners is that a ham-fisted attempt to make Bozo look less bad has fallen flat.
All that has been achieved is that we now know the press is prepared to lie for Bozo.